If you read my recent post on how EV-DO saved the day during a recent heat-wave induced blackout in New England, then you'd know that I was accessing my company's corporate network through a virtual private network connection (VPN) that involved my Thinkpad T42 connected via Bluetooth to a Verizon Wireless (EV-DO)-provisioned PocketPC-based Audiovox XV6600 smartphone.
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I am a fan of widgets--simple, small, pleasantly graphical desktop applications that do everything from control the sound on your system and display time around the world to feed headlines and give the weather. Konfabulator started out doing cool widgets for the Mac (it also does Windows now), and then Apple decided it was a good idea and did itself for the Tiger release of the Mac OS.
Customer Interaction Hubs (CIH) are one of the things I've been thinking about a lot lately due to some consulting I've been doing. If you're not familiar with the term, it's because it fairly far to the left on the Gartner Hype Cycle S-curve.
Each Monday, I make my morning rounds of the weeklies (Businessweek, Newsweek, etc.) and today as I scrolled to the bottom Newsweek.
"Is Technology Making Us Safer" was the most entertaining and bleak panel at the AO2005 Summit.
Here's something you don't see every day. An executive of one public company -- in this case Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos -- blogging an open letter to the engineers of another public company (HP) inviting them to change employers.
From IT Facts: According to the Radicati Group, today 13.9 billion instant messages are sent per day.
I've been swallowed so whole by the blogosphere that any time I start testing a new product, it takes me about a year to do so because of how little time I have to test each of the features. One of the products that I'm testing is AudioVox's XV6600WOC (who comes up with these names anyway).
Joe Kraus has some advice for his Silicon Valley brethren on how to talks to the powers in Washington, D.C.
George Gilder--who wrote a book "Life After Television"--was long ago predicting the death of television and Hollywood as we know it. Speaking at the AO2005 Summit about the long tail ("Customers don’t want choice, they want their first choice," Gilder said) and the future of media, Gilder said:"The essence of television is you could watch television forever and never produce a television set.